Having a regular nine-to-five job is no small thing. You spend a third of your time every day in a cubicle doing work and keeping up with deadlines. You probably spend more time in the office than with your kids and loved ones; the least you could do is make the time you spend at work count.
Of course, effective time management could allow you more quality time for yourself and your family. However, it's also important to keep in mind that your happiness should not be found only within your personal life. You should feel it when you're performing work-related tasks as well.
According to the international bestselling book "Oola: Find balance in an Unbalanced World", ensuring balance and growth in seven key areas of life results in unparalleled joy and contentment. These areas of life are collectively known as the 7 F's (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun).
Finding a career you love
This comes easy for some people. Even at a young age, they already know what they want to be; they can pursue their passion as early as they can. However, for others, this kind of realization doesn't happen quickly. If you're among the latter group, don't worry. Remember that we all have our own pace and path. Don't feel pressured if other people are able to find a job that they love sooner than you can.
Take your time and just keep on trying new things until you find the kind of work that suits you, makes you happy, and gives you stability. It's also worth talking to a career counselor who can help you realize the potentials you have and guide you towards having a meaningful career.
Creating a lifestyle that you like
Much like what the Oola philosophy is all about, every aspect of your life should be in harmony. Too much work and you may find yourself burned out quickly; too much play and you may find yourself losing golden opportunities for career advancement.
Nevertheless, creating a lifestyle that you truly like basically roots from self-awareness. What do you want out of life, and how do you want to live your life? Does your job allow you to have enough time for your hobbies and your family? Are you able to travel for vacation at least once a year? Does your work give you the ability to buy the things that you really want?
Being happy at home
Of course, happiness always starts at home. It can be hard to concentrate in the office when there's a bit of a mess at home, and this can make your working environment more stressful. You are able to associate these negative emotions to your job making you dislike it one way or another. The best way to deal with issues like this is to prioritize your personal life. Mend what needs to be fixed; make sure to set things in order.
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